INVESTMENT TEAMS

    IFU's investment advisers have years of experience in investment in developing countries, and our local employees have extensive knowledge of such aspects as business climate, culture and language in the host country

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    NORTH ASIA

    China is poised to take a leading global position, and the country holds a wealth of opportunity for Danish enterprises

    China has steered successfully through the financial and economic crisis and economic growth is expected to remain high in the coming years.

    From production to market

    Many Danish enterprises have established operations in China. As the Chinese economy has evolved, the types of investment made by Danish enterprises have changed. Previously, investments mainly involved outsourcing, whereas these days many enterprises are setting up production directed at the growing Chinese market.

    Investments in excess of DKK 12 billion

    In cooperation with companies including Maersk, Vestas, Carlsberg, Rockwool and Lundbeck, IFU has made over 130 investments in China. The total contracted investment amounts to more than DKK 12 billion, of which IFU has provided close to DKK 2 billion either as equity or debt.

    IFU’s investment team in China has offered advisory services and invested in several sectors, including manufacturing, cleantech, agriculture, the retail trade, IT, advisory services and pharmaceuticals.

    IFU’s own office provides on location advisory services

    IFU’s office in Shanghai collaborates with the investment team in Copenhagen on advising Danish enterprises in Denmark as well as on location in China.

    In addition to China, the Chinese investment team also covers Mongolia and North Korea.

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    SOUTH ASIA

    Southeast Asia is a region offering attractive business opportunities to Danish companies

    India

    India is an emerging market and many Danish companies have already established operations in the country. The IT business is particularly attractive with its large qualified workforce. However, other sectors such as infrastructure, cleantech and the so-called BOP (base-of-the-pyramid) market hold great potential for Danish companies.

    Thailand

    Thailand’s economic growth is expected to be at around four per cent in the coming years. In recent years, the country has attracted a number of foreign enterprises that use the country for production purposes and as a base for selling to other Asian markets.

    Thailand is attractive because of its modern infrastructure, sound business climate, well-educated workforce and competitive cost level. Thailand also has a growing middle class with relatively strong purchasing power.

    Vietnam

    Vietnam is an emerging market. The country is rich in natural resources. The soil conditions and the climate ensure good conditions for agricultural production, and the country’s long coast line forms the basis of an extensive fishing industry. In recent years, Vietnam has also developed into a manufacturing and exporting country.

    Large and industrious workforce

    A skilled, industrious workforce of almost 50 million people and low production costs make Vietnam an attractive host country. Many foreign enterprises have become aware of this, and more and more of them are setting up production in Vietnam.

    Investments of more than DKK 25 billion

    In cooperation with companies such as Carlsberg, FLSmidth, Rambøll, Georg Jensen and ScanCom, IFU has made more than 230 investments in South Asia. Investments are expected to total over DKK 25 billion, of which IFU has provided almost DKK 3 billion either as loans or equity.

    IFU’s offices offer advisory services on location

    IFU has offices in New Delhi, India and Singapore which – in cooperation with the investment team in Copenhagen – offer advisory services to Danish companies both in Denmark and on location in India and the rest of South Asia.

    In addition to India, Thailand and Vietnam, our investment team covers Bangladesh, Cambodia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, the Philippines and Sri Lanka, among others.

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    SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

    Africa is a continent of growth and there are good business opportunities for Danish businesses in areas such as food, clean tech, infrastructure and consumer goods

    Africa is on the rise and most countries on the continent have had stable high growth since the millennium. This has led to a growing interest from Danish companies believing that business opportunities are good in a number of areas that match their skills, technology and products.

    South Africa has for many years been Africa’s largest and strongest economy, but today Nigeria has taken over the first place. At the same time, countries like Kenya, Ghana and Zambia are now considered middle-income countries with a growing middle class and increasing purchasing power.

    Generally, there is a high demand for energy and  clean tech solutions across Africa, and there is moreover a great need for the development of infrastructure and solutions for urban development as growth in migration from rural to urban is expected.

    Africa has the world’s largest area of uncultivated farmland and with a rapidly growing population, there is a booming food need. In this area, Danish companies have great expertise and excellent opportunities for doing business.

    250 investments in Africa

    IFU has in collaboration with A. P. Moller-Maersk, FLSmidth, Fanmilk, Rezidor, Vestas and many other Danish companies completed almost 250 investments in 37 African countries. Investments are expected to total over DKK 48 billion, of which IFU has contributed around DKK 3.6bn in share capital and loans.

    IFU Sub-Saharan Africa Team has advised and invested in many industries such as agriculture and food, clean tech, manufacturing, IT, retail and tourism, hotels and restaurants.

    IFU’s offices offer advisory services on location

    The investment team in Copenhagen works closely with our four regional offices in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa to provide advisory services to companies in Denmark and on location in Africa.

    The investment team can contribute to investments in all African countries south of Sahara. The North African countries are covered by IFU’s Europe & MENA team.

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    LATIN AMERICA

    Latin America has enjoyed strong economic growth for a number of years, and this positive trend is expected to continue

    Brazil is one of the so-called BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China), which are of particular interest to Danish companies. On the other hand, many other countries in the region also enjoy high economic growth and therefore present attractive investment opportunities.

    In response to the growing interest in investing in Latin America in the past few years, IFU has strengthened its Latin American investment team.

    Investments of more than DKK 10 billion

    IFU has completed 122 investments in Latin America in partnership with Danish companies such as AVK, FLSmidth, Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractors, Danfoss and Ingemann Food. The total contracted investment amounts to more than DKK 10 billion, of which IFU has provided more than DKK 1.8 billion either as equity or loans

    IFU’s Latin America investment team has offered advisory services and invested in several sectors, including manufacturing, infrastructure, agriculture and food, transport, wind power and oil and gas.

    The Latin America investment team covers Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Costa Rica, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Suriname and Venezuela.

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    EUROPE & MENA

    Ukraine has been severely hit by the financial crisis, but is now recovering. The Balkans and the countries in the Caucasus region also present investment opportunities for Danish enterprises

    Ukraine is the country in the region attracting most Danish investor interest. Generally, the cost level is competitive and there is a good supply of skilled staff in, among others, the IT sector. In addition, Ukraine is close to the EU geographically.

    Several Danish companies have invested in Ukraine and attractive business opportunities are available in sectors such as agriculture, production, IT and infrastructure.

    The Balkans has been largely overlooked by Danish enterprises, despite the fact that the region offers a favourable investment climate.

    Investments of more than DKK 42 billion

    IFU and IØ, which is being wound down, has completed more than 400 investments in Central and Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Turkey in partnership with Danish companies such as Carlsberg, A.P. Møller-Maersk and Bols Planteskole.  The contracted investment totals more than DKK 42 billion, of which IFU has provided DKK 6 billion either as equity or debt.

    IFU’s investment team has offered advisory services and invested in several sectors, including agriculture, food, machinery, furniture production and infrastructure.

    In addition to Ukraine, the investment team covers Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Moldova, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

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    CLIMATE

    Developing countries and emerging markets hold a great business potential for Danish green companies. This potential can be utilized with assistance from our climate investment team members, who have experience from over 60 climate-related investments in more than 20 countries

    In developing countries and emerging markets there is great demand for climate-friendly energy and climate-related projects to reduce CO2 emissions and contribute to increased growth and employment.

    Our climate team is very experienced when it comes to contributing to the development of and investments in climate projects in cooperation with Danish companies. It goes for large projects such as Lake Turkana Wind Power in Kenya – Africa’s largest wind farm, and for smaller solar plants in Chile, producing electricity directly for the grid or hot water for larger industry clients.

    Experience from more than 60 climate-related investments

    IFU and the Danish Climate Investment Fund have invested in over 60 climate-related projects in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Therefore, we have significant knowledge and insight into conditions, opportunities and challenges when implementing investments in developing countries and emerging markets far from Denmark.

    The climate investment team is based in Copenhagen, but can also draw on our ten regional offices in the investment countries. Furthermore, it can draw on a number of external global and regional advisers with experience from and insight into climate-related projects within e.g. sun and wind.

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    To learn more about how we can help your business, please feel free to contact one of our investment managers.

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    AGRIBUSINESS

    Global demand for food is growing and creating new business opportunities for Danish companies. This is especially true in developing countries and emerging markets where our agribusiness team can help to realize the potential

    The demand for food is generally increasing in developing countries and emerging markets. The reason is both a high population growth and a growing middle class. This development creates new business opportunities for Danish companies that have been among the most competitive in the agribusiness sector.

    Our Agribusiness team has extensive experience with assisting in the development of agribusiness projects as well as with investing in such projects in cooperation with Danish companies. This applies to large projects such as Danper that are among Peru’s largest agricultural companies, and a small coffee roaster in Kenya in collaboration with Coop.

    Experience from more than 250 agribusiness investments

    IFU and the Danish Agribusiness Fund has invested in more than 250 agribusiness projects across the entire value chain from farm to fork and spread over 65 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Consequently, we have extensive knowledge and insight into the conditions, opportunities and challenges when investments are implemented in developing countries and emerging markets far from Denmark.

    The Agribusiness team is based in Copenhagen but can also draw on our regional offices in the investment countries. In addition, a number of external advisers with experience and insight into many different types of agribusiness projects are associated with the fund.

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    For further information on how we can assist your company, please contact one of our investment managers.

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